Formation in the PHJC Congregation

Formation for religious life in the congregation follows the guidelines of canon law and is nourished by the traditions and the charism of the congregation.


Aspirants should be between the age of 18 and 30 and must have finished secondary school with at least five credits, including English and Mathematics. They can send their application via e-mail to phjcvocations@gmail.com or to the postal address listed at the bottom of this Webite. Personal visits can be made to a convent close by, after agreeing on a date via e-mail:

 

The convent in Garam is to be found in Old Wuse Road, Garam, Tafa LGA, Niger State - Garam is close to Bwari, e-mail: katharinaconventgaram@gmail.com.
The convent in Mgbele is to be found in the village belonging to Oguta II LGA, not far from Izombe, Imo State, e-mail: conventphjcoguta@yahoo.com.
Ifetedo convent is close to the Catholic Church, email: visitationconvent2012@gmail.com.

vocation weekend 2012

Every year the sisters offer one or even two vocation weekends, in Garam or in Ifetedo, mostly in Julne. Aspirants should be present in one of these weekends with interviews. After sucessful interviews, sisters will visit the aspirants at home and then decide who can come in the following year. From August to December, aspirants will be called in for live-in experience, an internal aspirancy. Entry date for aspirants is March 1st.

Aspirancy varies according to the readiness of the candidates.

After acceptance into Postulancy, classes start with introduction into prayer life, office, personal development, community life.
Postulants meet, for example, once a week for faith sharing. They prepare these conversations alternating in their own responsibility.

There are times of experience in the ministries of the sisters, both in Garam and in the missions.

Postulancy is between one and two years.

After being admitted and having a retreat, postulants may start Novitiate which will last two years. One year, the canonical time, has to be in the formation house, the second year is meant for mission and community experience. At the end of a successful novitiate, novices can be admitted to first vows.

Profession 2016

Formation goes on after first vows, in the Juniorate which may be for up to nine years before a sister can be admitted to Final Vows.

Professional training will be after at least one year in first vows and during the time of Juniorate. In deciding about a training and future ministry, sisters in leadership will consider the talents and abilities of the sisters as well as the needs of the congregation.

Professed sisters
The medal the professed Sisters wear, has been developed by one of our German Sisters, Sr. Roswitha Ruh.
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Contact Nigeria: Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, PHJC Nigeria, P.O.Box 152, Bwari Abuja FCT, Formation House, Garam, Tafa LGA, Niger St.
Kontakt Deutschland: Schwester Christeta Hess ADJC, Konvent St. Barbara, Lindenstr. 23-25, 56073 Koblenz